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Humidifiers: How you Can Take Control of Home Humidity

on March 31, 2017

Humidity: regardless of what it’s set at, someone is also going to have a problem with it.  You also won’t get a break from issues with humidity since parts of the year are dry and others are extremely humid.  The coldest weather in Spokane is often the driest for us (except when it’s snowing of […]

DIY Edison Bulb Projects

on March 24, 2017

The Edison bulb refers to Thomas Edison’s original carbon or tungsten filament bulbs back in 1882. While modern day “Edison light bulbs” are not the same vintage bulb first created by Edison, they are designed to replicate the same light color and bulb shape as the original. These modern Edison bulbs are more energy-efficient and […]

Why Do you Need GFCI Outlets?

on March 17, 2017

This article is an expansion on concepts covered in What is a GFCI? from November 2015. Your home comes with lots of different safety devices.  Smoke and CO alarms keep you safe from house fires.  Surge protectors protect the devices in your home from being damaged during electrical storms or power surges.  Your electrical panel […]

Going Green for Your Home

on March 10, 2017

St. Patrick’s day is just around the corner and venues across the US are going green.  Here at Mainstream, we’re recommending you do the same, but we’re not talking about color.  Going green when it comes to the energy that your home uses is a far more involved process with better long-term rewards than even […]

Air Fresheners and IAQ

on March 3, 2017

While this year has been warmer, it’s still cold outside and we may be looking at more snow in the coming weeks.  Cold weather leads many of us (especially the elderly) to retreat indoors for extended periods of time, hiding away where it’s warm.  Close living quarters, especially with larger families or pets, often invites […]

Light Bulb Safety

on February 24, 2017

Common household lights are likely the most common electrical device that any homeowner uses.  In fact, we’re so used to them that many people forget to take proper care when working with lighting in their own home.  While there is very little risk of injury from lighting, carelessness can lead to injury so it’s helpful […]

Is it Time to Replace My Furnace?

on February 17, 2017

Owning a home is expensive.  From the initial purchase through the lifetime of ownership, repairs and replacements add up.  But honestly, it’s worth it.  We love our homes and the comfort that they bring.  Still, some of the components wear out over time without us taking notice.  Because the decrease in efficiency of a furnace […]

Romantic Lighting Made Simple

on February 10, 2017

Restaurants are professionals when it comes to setting the right mood with lighting.  Then again, so are dance clubs, bars, and any number of other institutions where lighting is a factor on the mood of the patrons.  The good news is that a little knowledge on how lighting works and how to control its effects […]

Stadium Electrical Facts

on February 3, 2017

While Dallas/Ft. Worth residents prepare for the Big Game game this weekend, Milestone will be helping our neighbors with all of their electrical needs. We hope that aren’t any problems with your electrical system that would affect your game day festivities. But there’s still time to act if you have a wiring issue that needs […]

SAD Lamps, Winter Lighting, and Health

on January 27, 2017

Long nights, short days, and cold weather are how we know that it’s winter.  During the winter season, the Earth rests with the northern hemisphere tilted away from the sun.  The further north you are, the less light is received per day.  That lack of light is enough to cool things off, giving us seasons […]